UN chief calls for greater support for Mosul displaced

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres interacting with a child at the Hassan Sham camp in northern Iraq. Photo: UNAMI

The UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to show more solidarity with people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul.

António Guterres made the appeal during a visit to a camp for people displaced by the ongoing military campaign to liberate the northern city from the grip of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General described his visit to the Hassan Sham camp as one of solidarity with the people of Mosul.

Speaking to reporters, he said civilians have suffered immensely from living under the extremists' control and also from the battle to liberate the city.

The Iraqi army and its allies launched the offensive last October and it is now in the final stages.

The UN chief called for more international support for the people of Mosul and the forces fighting to free their city.

"This is a moment in which the Iraqi people, the people of Mosul need the solidarity of the international community. That solidarity cannot be denied because those soldiers that we have seen around are fighting for our security everywhere in the world. Fighting terrorism in Mosul is the same as fighting terrorism anywhere because terrorism has become a global threat. And all terrorist groups are today interlinked."

Mr Guterres said regional authorities, UN agencies and aid groups are responding to the peoples' needs but are facing funding shortfalls.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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